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The men's tennis team's season came to an unceremonious end this weekend when they placed sixth at the Big East Championships in Florida. The No. 4 seeded Golden Eagles lost a heartbreaker to No. 5 DePaul in the opening round to destroy any hopes of bringing home the hardware.

Steve Rodecap's squad was confident coming into the tournament, boasting a smoldering 7-1 record in their last eight matches. But in the muggy Florida weather, DePaul had Marquette's number and pulled out a razor thin 4-3 victory. Wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles gave the Golden Eagles the early lead, but the team went just 2-4 in singles play.

In the second round, Marquette swept Villanova 4-0 to move onto the fifth-place match against No. 6 St. John's. They looked poised to equal their fifth-place finish from last year but were surprisingly upended by St. John's, 4-1.

The unpredictable play of Marquette at the tournament was a continuation of its up-and-down season. At some points the team looked unbeatable, and at other times it looked extremely vulnerable. The lone bright spot on the weekend was junior Dusan Medan, who went 3-0 in singles play.